Our November meeting will be held on
November 17, 2019
starting at 1:30 PM
at Landmark Center
25700 Science Park Dr
Note the special date,
time, and location for this event and the need for advance
Author of "A Rosenberg by Any Other Name"
Two sessions co-sponsored by the
Jewish Genealogy Society of Cleveland (JGSC),The Laura &
Alvin Siegal Lifelong Learning Program of Case Western Reserve
University, and the JCC Jewish Book Festival.
Free for Members of Lifelong Learning
and JGSC, $5 per session for nonmembers. Reservations will
Session 1: 1:30-2:45 p.m.
TOO LONG, TOO FOREIGN....TOO JEWISH?: RISE OF JEWISH NAME
CHANGING IN NEW YORK CITY BETWEEN THE WARS
We tend to think of name changing
as something that only immigrants do—or perhaps movie stars—hoping
to escape their families and find their way in a glamorous,
rich New World. But beginning in World War I and intensifying
during World War II, thousands of native-born American Jews
in New York City changed their names together as family
units. Why would these ordinary Jewish Americans seeking
jobs not as actors or singers, but as businessmen, lawyers,
and secretaries change their names? We'll discuss their
motivations, their experiences, and their struggles.
Session 2: 3:00-4:15 p.m.
I CHANGED MY NAME: CULTURAL DEBATES OVER NAME CHANGING AFTER
WORLD WAR II
How did leaders in the Jewish community respond
to name changing? How did Jewish comedians, writers, and
directors respond? How did name changers' neighbors and
co-workers respond? We will talk about negative responses
from Jewish leaders after World War II, who tended to assume
that name changers were trying to escape the Jewish community.
Quietly challenging these negative images, however, were
the voices of Jewish name changers who continued to describe
themselves as Jews, explaining they changed their names
so that their Jewish identities would not impede their ability
to get through daily life.